Domestic workers gathered in Central, Hong Kong Island. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A 65-year-old Filipino maid, who had served a Hong Kong family for 24 years, was surprised see her name in the Sky Post newspaper on Wednesday, in which her employer heaped praise on her.

The Sky Post, a Chinese free newspaper in Hong Kong, published the article after an interview with Estella’s employer, Jacqueline, on its parenting page.

Estella started working for Jacqueline’s mother-in-law in 1993 and looked after her until her death five years ago. Jacqueline then employed Estella to take care of her four children, aged between four and 14.

Jacqueline told the Sky Post she understood that Estella might have limitations in physical fitness at her age, but she had never thought of dismissing her. She said Estella was responsible and honest, and remained careful about things at home.

Jacqueline also taught her children to take care of themselves, instead of always asking Estella for help. She said her children had learnt to respect the elderly since living with Estella. 

She said employers should trust their maids and support their work.

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